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Sports Opinion / Video Shaun Livingston dislocates his knee.
« on: March 04, 2007, 03:44:32 PM »
If you have a weak stomach, do not watch this video.


Pulaski Enquirer / Hanity on Gore
« on: March 04, 2007, 03:32:07 PM »
Making fun of Al Gore the environmental Champion.


Pulaski Enquirer / President Rush?
« on: March 04, 2007, 03:21:20 PM »
Vice President Ann Coulter?


National News / Ann Coulter call John Edwards a Fagot.
« on: March 04, 2007, 03:19:09 PM »
Trying to sell books?


Fixed it, seems when you use the youtube code all you have to do is put in the unigue numbers at the end of the link in there, not the whole link. Just kicking the tires.

Not working Rick.

Good singer too.


Restaurant Opinion / Re: KFC
« on: March 04, 2007, 02:37:32 AM »
LOL, I knew I wouldn't be alone on this opinion.

We were visiting some friends, and they invited us to stay for dinner.
They called KFC and attempted to place an order.
The lady on the phone was very impatient.
My host asked to speak to the manager, and was told they were speaking to to the manager.
At this point my friend told her to never mind the whole order, because they were not the only chicken place in town.
I then told him of all the trouble other members of the board had been having.
He told us to add him to the list. He called Popeye's.
No such problem with Popeye's Chicken. It was even hot by the time we arrived back at their house!
The red beans and rice was very tasty, not too fond of their gravy on the mashed potatoes though.

Business Opinion / Re: GOODWILL STORE - ST. ROBERT
« on: March 04, 2007, 01:51:15 AM »
You can take your clothes to Other Mothers and they will give you cash, then take the rest to charity, or, Other Mothers will take it there for you.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: March 03, 2007, 08:40:01 PM »
The Sheriff’s View #10, Week of March 5 to 9, 2007

Welcome aboard one more time. I hope to have a nice column for you to read this week. I had noticed some sure signs of Spring this past week, you know Robins on the lawn, gas prices shooting upward, warm temperatures and so forth, so where did this white stuff I see on my lawn this morning come from? I know that spring is close and I for one cannot wait even if it means more calls for the department. Right now, at 10:41am on 3-3-07, we stand at 1,309 calls for service/case numbers for the year. It is going to be a long year.

Along those same lines the numbers for February that concern dispatch have already been added up and I can now share them with you. The office assistants/dispatchers answered 4,088 telephone calls in February and they had 1,421 people at the front window. So far this year that is 8,341 calls and 2,741 visitors. Yes, it is going to be a long year.

I have already been asked a question by a reader on the new Pulaski County “inmate chain gang” to clean up the ice storm damage. This idea has merit but it also has a few problems. Bluntly stated I cannot allow the inmates to leave the jail for this without a written order from a Circuit Judge. I will also be had pressed to furnish a guard for the work detail. If I have the written order and no guard is required then let it flow forward, the inmates probably need the exercise. In any event we will do our best to help out with this project.

Most of our cars are in running order at this time. One unit is having the siren/red light control box replaced this weekend and it should be back in service by Monday. The big problem right now is the small jail transport unit. This vehicle in a 1993 model with more miles than we can count and when it was on the garage hoist this past week it had more mechanical problems than we could count. I fear this unit may have reached the end of the line. And if that is the case then we have a problem because we need two vehicles for prisoner transport at all times. Maybe we can pull another rabbit out of the hat and find a new car.

We are still in the interview process for a jail staff member and a new officer. I have decided to build up a file and have backups available for those times when we need to replace someone. But considering the salary we pay this might be a neat trick. In any event we shall continue to replace employees as needed, and continue to interview.

Once again my Deputies have asked me to remind everyone to please post LARGE house numbers in a location that is easy to spot. This is an item that we have mentioned many times now but the problem is still with us. If we cannot find you then we cannot help you in your hour of need.

This past week I had to attend the LANEG board of directors meeting at the Camden County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. We had a good visit and there seemed to be a small ray of hope in the air. The LANEG team is just like us they are short staffed and out of money. There is a ray of hope that for next year the Federal Government will increase the amount of money that is available for the war on drugs. If that were the case then the board of directors would be able to hire another officer next year. And that would help us greatly.

In other news along the budget line the rise in gas prices that we are currently experiencing should have an adverse effect on us. Our budget for gas was cut this year and with the increase in prices it looks like it will be a long year on the gas front.

Pulaski County is in the process of a state audit and the audit team has been a busy bunch of people lately. They seem to be in my office every day looking for some data on some item or another. From the questions they are asking it is not hard to see that we may have to change, or maybe I should say, we should change the way we do business on a few issues. I would like to think that most of our business practices will hold up well but I am also sure there will be room to improve in some places.

One last note before I close for this week. I will be the only Pulaski County Coroner on duty for March, 6-7-8, 2007. I would like for all of you to stay well and take care of yourself. As the Coroner I do not want to meet you nor do I want your business. I suspect all of you will agree with me and you also do not want to see me on the job. So please drive careful and stay legal, the jail lights are on.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Prisoners Doing County Clean Up
« on: March 03, 2007, 08:34:19 PM »
If you are bad I will take it away. LOL

By the way I am honored to have my own section and I hope I continue to do a good job and continue to deserve my own section. Thank You.


Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Prisoners Doing County Clean Up
« on: March 03, 2007, 04:46:50 PM »
This is not the Commissioners plan.

Sports Opinion / Soccer reshuffle creates concerns
« on: March 03, 2007, 01:36:22 AM »
Soccer reshuffle creates concerns
Darrell Todd Maurina

An ongoing soccer problem has forced the reorganization of youth soccer teams from Waynesville, St. Robert and Fort Leonard Wood.

At a Feb. 21 meeting that didn’t have enough people present for a quorum, Community Recreation Board Chairman Bill Westfall said he’s been in extensive discussions with the Ozark Mountain Conference, which governs youth recreational soccer in the area, regarding the way sports teams are sorted into teams and assigned to coaches after children sign up for soccer.

“We were asked by Ozark Mountain to look at our sorting system,” Westfall said. “They came back and said, ‘You will sort according to our standards.’”

The Ozark Mountain Conference wanted even more changes, but local youth sports leaders decided to re-sort the teams only once.

“We’ve caused enough turmoil in our community, and I’ve got some very angry parents,” Westfall said. “I wasn’t happy about the whole thing, but that’s just the way we sometimes have to do it.”

Recreation Director Janet Ruiz concurred.

“It’s been a crazy situation for me,” Ruiz said.

A key issue locally has been the desire of some parents to select coaches with a reputation for winning and of some coaches to select the members of their own team. Some Waynesville and St. Robert coaches have accused smaller communities in the area of informally stacking their teams by keeping their off-season junior high soccer teams together for continued off-season play; people in other communities have accused Waynesville and St. Robert, which have a much larger number of teams, of stacking teams by partnering better coaches with more skilled players.

That conflict led to a three-hour review of the selection process in Waynesville and St. Robert, Westfall said, and Ruiz said an additional two hours were spent sorting players by the correct age divisions required by the Ozark Mountain rules rather than by birth year.

The new teams were sorted without regard to coach or parent preferences except that coaches are allowed to have their own children on their teams, Westfall said, apart from extenuating circumstances.

“We did not look at parental situations except for a few must-dos,” Westfall said. “There are some situations where if a kid doesn’t get a ride, they weren’t going to play.”

Despite the youth soccer controversy, the total number of teams actually increased from the fall to spring seasons. The community recreation board supervised 28 teams from Waynesville, St. Robert and Fort Leonard Wood in the fall and that number grew to 29 in the spring with 315 players registered.

Cathy Ferguson, the president of the Kiwanis Club, also spoke to board members about the role of her organization. Ferguson said some people have asked why the Community Recreation Board has representatives from Kiwanis on a board whose other members are governmental bodies such as the Waynesville R-VI School District and the cities of Waynesville and St. Robert.

Ferguson said the recreational sports program began with an initiative by the Kiwanis Club 22 years ago.

“It has grown over the years, much to our enjoyment and delight,” Ferguson said. “Kiwanis is a well-respected community organization, and because we have this 20-year history with soccer, we are able to get things done.”

Military Opinion / Army secretary resigns in scandal's wake
« on: March 03, 2007, 01:17:39 AM »
Army secretary resigns in scandal's wake By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer

WASHINGTON - Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey abruptly stepped down Friday as the Bush administration struggled to cope with the fallout from a scandal over substandard conditions for war-wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Harvey's departure, announced on short notice by a visibly agitated Defense Secretary Robert Gates, was the most dramatic move in an escalating removal of officials with responsibilities over one of the military's highest-profile and busiest medical facilities.

Hours earlier,        President Bush ordered a comprehensive review of conditions at the nation's network of military and veteran hospitals, which has been overwhelmed by injured troops from the wars in        Iraq and        Afghanistan.

Gates said Harvey had resigned, but senior defense officials speaking on condition of anonymity said Gates had privately demanded that Harvey leave. Gates was displeased that the officer Harvey had chosen as interim commander of Walter Reed — Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, the current Army surgeon general and a former commander of Walter Reed — has been accused by critics of long knowing about the problems there and not improving outpatient care.

"I am disappointed that some in the Army have not adequately appreciated the seriousness of the situation pertaining to outpatient care at Walter Reed," Gates said in the        Pentagon briefing room. He took no questions from reporters.

Harvey was at Fort Benning, Ga., on Friday morning when he cut short his visit to return to Washington to meet with Gates.

On Thursday, Harvey fired the medical center's previous commander, Maj. Gen. George Weightman, for failures linked to the outpatient treatment controversy. Many had speculated that Weightman would be relieved of command, but Harvey's departure was a surprise. His last day in the job will be March 9.

Peter Geren, the undersecretary of the Army, will serve as Harvey's temporary replacement until Bush nominates a new secretary.

As Army secretary, Harvey is the service's top civilian official. He commands no troops. Along with the four-star general who is Army chief of staff, the secretary has statutory responsibility for training and equipping the Army. That includes responsibility for budgeting, recruiting and other personnel and resource policies.

The Army announced Friday that Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, 58, will be the new commander of Walter Reed, which is located in Washington.

"From what I have learned, the problems at Walter Reed appear to be problems of leadership," Gates said. "The Walter Reed doctors, nurses and other staff are among the best and most caring in the world. They deserve our continued deepest thanks and strongest support."

The revelations about shoddy facilities and wounded soldiers enduring long waits for treatment have embarrassed the Army and the Bush administration at a time when the White House is scrambling to shore up eroding support for the Iraq war. It has prompted numerous calls in Congress for more information, and sullied the reputation of what is supposed to be one of the military's foremost medical facilities.

Rep. Ike Skelton (news, bio, voting record), D-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, applauded Harvey's departure.

"I commend him for taking responsibility for the problems at Walter Reed," Skelton said.

The defense secretary indicated he was unhappy with the way Army leaders had responded to the Walter Reed disclosures.

"Some have shown too much defensiveness and have not shown enough focus on digging into and addressing the problems," Gates said. "Also I am concerned that some do not properly understand the need to communicate to the wounded and their families that we have no higher priority than their care and that addressing their concerns about the quality of their outpatient experience is critically important. Our wounded soldiers and their families have sacrificed much and they deserve the best we can offer."

The White House said the president would name a bipartisan commission to assess whether the problems at Walter Reed exist at other facilities. Last week, Gates created an outside panel to review the situation at Walter Reed and the other major military hospital in the Washington area, the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md.

The actions come after The Washington Post documented squalid living conditions for some outpatient soldiers at Walter Reed and bureaucratic problems that prevented many troops from getting adequate care.

Harvey has been Army secretary since November 2004.

He is the second consecutive Army secretary to be removed abruptly from office. In April 2003, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld fired Thomas White, who had engaged in public disputes with Rumsfeld.

A former businessman trained as an engineer, Harvey counted as one of his proudest achievements a turnaround of the Army's recent recruiting slump. The Army missed its recruiting goal 2005 for the first time since 1999, and that same year Harvey instituted a series of changes that led to a recovery in recruiting.

Religion Opinion / SCIENCE SAYS ... BURY JESUS
« on: March 02, 2007, 04:50:15 PM »

Oh goody, another lovely round of that increasingly popular parlor game, "Science Says." And just in time for Lent! James Cameron, the masterful storyteller who directed "Titantic," is clearly banking on the special media power this game has when someone (preferably a scientist, but a Hollywood director in a pinch will do) asserts that what science says ... is that the Bible is wrong.

Science vs. religion, round 457!

Science says Jesus married Mary Magdelene, produced a son named Judah, and the whole family of Nazarenes is buried in a tomb in Jerusalem. We have the mitochondrial DNA and the Discovery Channel documentary to prove it!

When science and "The Da Vinci Code" start saying the same thing, you have a marketing powerhouse. Especially when Christians, bless 'em, can be counted on to rise up in futile indignation, which public display of emotion just feeds so beautifully into the original storyline: Intellectually challenged religious zealots feebly dispute what science says. POW! BAM!

"It's going to get a lot of Christians with their knickers in a knot unnecessarily," Ben Witherington, a Bible scholar at Ashbury Theological Seminary, told The New York Times. Because who but conservative Christians, bless 'em, still wear knickers, much less knot them in anxiety over the latest scientific discoveries?

The filmmakers' DNA tests suggest that the "Yeshua" remains and the "Mariamene e Mara" remains (aka "Mary Magdalene," through the complex theories of a Harvard professor) were not related on their mother's side. So who knows? Heck, they could have been married, right? The DNA proves it, unless, of course, they were related on their father's side, or Mariamene e Mara was married to or maybe just the daughter or sister of someone else in the tomb. Amos Kloner, a former Jerusalem district archeologist who examined the tomb in 1980, calls the allegedly new evidence "not serious."

But the Science Says game works so well that people play it with the same dogmatic fervor they once played The Pope Says, and for a similar reason: Because if science really says something, you no longer need brook the irritation of tolerating dissent.

In a recent column on a U.N. report on climate change, Ellen Goodman noted that only 25 percent of college-educated Republicans believe global warming is caused by humans, while 75 percent of college-educated Democrats do. The sociology of truth is a fascinating phenomenon. But Ellen the Scientific sees only proof of conservative dogmatism: "The certainty of the human role is now somewhere over 90 percent. Which is about as certain as scientists ever get. ... (G)lobal warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers." That is to say people who disagree with Ellen are either very bad or stark raving mad, and either way she can dismiss them.

But of course Goodman is quite wrong about one thing: Scientists are far more than 90 percent certain about most scientific truths. It is social scientists who aim for 90 percent (or 95 percent) certainty, and the large margin for error -- a 1-in-10 chance by the authors' own estimate that the report is simply wrong about the cause of global warming -- is a telltale sign that what we have here is not a hard scientific fact, but a scientific judgment, a possibility, a probability perhaps, but hardly an undeniable fact like the Holocaust.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review published an interview this week with Timothy Ball, a dissenting climatologist who thinks sun-spots, not carbon emissions, best explain the 500-year trend toward global warming. (You can read what he says here: It's an important debate, but the most important thing about the debate is to notice when the Science Says card is being played inappropriately as a way to shut down debate: "As soon as people start saying something's settled, it's usually that they don't want to talk about it anymore," notes Ball. "A consensus is not a scientific fact." Amen to that.

Military Opinion / Denying self-defense to GIs in Iraq
« on: March 02, 2007, 04:45:35 PM »
Denying self-defense to GIs in Iraq By Kyndra Rotunda,
Fri Mar 2, 3:00 AM ET

ARLINGTON, VA. - As part of        President Bush's troop surge now under way in        Iraq, he insisted that Iraqi leaders "lift needless restrictions on Iraqi and coalition forces." That's an important step, but a deeply ironic one, because it overlooks other unreasonable restrictions imposed on US soldiers – by the US government.

In 2005, the        Pentagon amended its Standing Rules of Engagement (ROE). The new rules make it harder for US troops to boldly counter hostile acts, and they specifically allow commanders to limit the right of soldiers to defend themselves!

The United States seeks to bring peace to Iraq by winning the "hearts and minds" of the civilian population. Unnecessary collateral damage and innocent civilian deaths undermine this effort. Presumably, the new ROE, which allow unit commanders to "limit individual self-defense by members of their unit" after notifying the secretary of Defense, were adopted with a noble purpose in mind: to lessen civilian casualties. However, limiting the right of self-defense is too drastic and it puts soldiers at risk.

Commanders take these restrictions seriously. Newsweek magazine recently quoted Marine Capt. Rob Secher, who complained that "anytime an American fires a weapon there has to be an investigation into why there was an escalation of force."

The current, restrictive approach is a jurisprudential about-face. I'm a Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Officer in the Army Reserves and before I deployed in 2003, professors at the Army JAG School taught me – and I subsequently taught soldiers – that troops never lose the right of self-defense. It is a right so valued that, according to a 2001 article in the "Army Lawyer," US Army Commanders preparing for operations in        Kosovo "refused to rest until they received interpretations of        NATO ROE consistent with self-defense ..."

Indeed, the inherent right of self-defense provided the basis for the US response to 9/11. In an October 2001 letter to the UN Security Council, John Negroponte (then the US ambassador to the UN) reported "that the United States of America, together with other States, has initiated actions in the exercise of its inherent right of individual and collective self-defense following the armed attacks ... on September 11, 2001."

How can the inherent right of self-defense exist in order to enter a war, but not to fight it to win? Despite the obvious inconsistency, some senior JAG Officers, who are considered operational law experts, have turned away from the long-standing view that soldiers have a right to defend themselves and instead have embraced the restrictions. One expert told me that soldiers who act in self-defense could even face prosecution. He defends the new rules, claiming that troops "use self-defense too much in order to escape liability." It is one thing to say that a soldier should not fire wantonly or without cause, but it is quite another to say that soldiers may not defend themselves when facing an imminent threat of death or serious injury.

Another JAG officer told me of "statistics" and "studies" showing that soldiers in Iraq have itchy trigger fingers. Yet when I asked for the studies to support these statistics, none were provided. Several JAG officers expressed concern that CNN (yes, they mention that network by name) would report too much carnage if the restrictions did not exist.

Holding fire may appease CNN, but it can only delight and encourage America's terrorist enemies and protract the war in Iraq.

One recent television news report revealed that in 2005, US forces had key Al Qaeda commander Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in their sights but hesitated to fire on him as he sped through two checkpoints. Despite the fact that his speeding car aimed at a checkpoint clearly posed a deadly threat (particularly since terrorists often employ car bombs), soldiers reportedly waited to fire in order to positively identify him.

Under traditional rules, a vehicle speeding through a checkpoint is ordinarily considered a deadly force, and soldiers could have fired. In this case, they literally made eye contact with Mr. Zarqawi as he sped by them. His amazing escape led to stories of his invincibility and encouraged the terrorist enemies. He continued to sow violence and hurt US troops until he was killed by US airstrikes in June 2006.

Americans are supposedly united in "supporting the troops." But how can a country support their troops with restrictions that hamper their ability to fight? The surge is already under way. What's needed is a surge of common sense to persuade the Pentagon to restore traditional rules of engagement. Doing so will give our soldiers the dignity they deserve, the legal right to defend themselves – and the freedom to fight this war to win.

• Kyndra Rotunda, a professor at George Mason University Law School, is writing a book that examines legal issues in the war on terror.

Local News / Soldier Death Identified FLWMO
« on: March 02, 2007, 03:15:44 PM »
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE
Media Release
VOICE: (573) 563-4015
FAX: (573) 563-4012
Release No. 07-042
February 28, 2007 <>
Fort Leonard Wood -The Soldier found dead in her barracks building Monday
night has been identified as Pvt. 1 Yeng Guen, 22, of Washington D.C. Guen
was assigned to the 14th Military Police Brigade for initial entry training.

The incident remains under investigation however criminal behavior is not
suspected at this time.